Maui Ahuna, Tennessee baseball star, inactive for opening day due to NCAA eligibility issue
Maui Ahuna will have to wait a bit longer before making his Tennessee debut.
Ahuna is still dealing with an NCAA eligibility issue and is inactive for the Vols’ season-opener on Friday, per a report. A UT spokesperson told KnoxNews.com that the program is awaiting clearance from the NCAA. There is no timetable for the matter to be resolved, per the report.
His eligibility issue stems from a Level III recruiting violation that took place during his recruitment. Tennessee, which self-reported the violation, approved a flight for a recruiting trip prior to receiving Ahuna’s transcript.
Ahuna, who transferred from Kansas to Tennessee over the summer, is expected to be one of the best college baseball players in the country this season. Last year with the Jayhawks, he hit .396 to go along with 8 homers and 48 RBI in 53 games.
The star shortstop headlined a star-studded transfer portal class for the Vols this offseason. Tennessee is ranked No. 2 in the preseason college baseball poll behind only LSU.
Tennessee will open its season against Arizona in the MLB Desert Invitational on Friday evening. The Vols will finish out the weekend with matchups vs. Grand Canyon and UC Davis.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.